This is one fight that I’m not happy with my own personal performance. Not even close. Our raid leader is setting the bar at 300k damage done to the heart and I can’t consistently make that mark.
I’m not the only one having problems. All the ranged DPS arn’t quite cutting it (the melee are all 2k dps above me). We have scaled down to 5 healers, 1 tank and 1 DPS tank, a Death Knight, to look after Life Sparks when they spawn.
Unfortunately we haven’t had a Balance Druid or Elemental Shaman in the raid lately to help buff casters but surely this wouldn’t be a huge DPS gain/loss? Buffs are one part of the game that I can’t seem to get my head around. One day I will learn what benefits me most and who provides it. One day soon, I promise.
Our positioning and strategy seem to be working well. We split the raid into two stacks: ranged and melee and move to a designated spot in between for Light Bombs and to the other side for Gravity Bombs. We only have 1 or 2 people who occasionally run the wrong way, or react slowly when they have been gravity or light bombed.
In regards to the Life Sparks I’m in two minds. I have tried both:
- Vampiric Touch & Shadow Word: Pain then switch back to the boss hoping my Raid Leader doesn’t yell at me for not killing sparks (he flips out if he spots a Mind Flay going to the “wrong” target)
- Mind Flay x 2/3 & Mind Blast (if it comes off cooldown) until the spark is dead
As we got better at the fight (and less DPS died) I found that DoTs didn’t stay on there long enough to help. I wonder if I might be better off trying a SW:P + Mind Flay since MF is boosted by 10% when the target is afflicted with SW:P. Or it could be a waste of a cooldown.
The larger truth is that my DPS is really just not that great. Yes, there are definitely items I have that I would exchange (swapping my boots/gloves for crit equivalents, getting a decent wand and that kind of thing) but I have most of the large upgrades from Ulduar 25.
I usually do quite well in Emalon but tonight I came in #13th and had my pants beaten off by a Resto Druid playing their Feral kitty offspec doing 6k dps to my 3 point something (unflasked).
I don’t think I’m doing anything totally wrong. But I am thinking I might need to shuffle my gear back right back down to 10% Haste even if that means equipping inferior spell power items for some minor crit gains. Alternatively I was thinking of trying for +900 Haste Rating to see if I could slide into a Mind Blast + 3 Mind Flay sequence – crazy, I know.
I’m also experimenting with WoWTunnels in an effort to bring my 250-400 latency down a little.
All said and done we did manage to get Heartbreaker in the end – as you can probably tell from my Achievements list on the side of this site. And we achieved Obit-uary (Flame Leviathan + 4 towers) on Wednesday night so I’m pretty happy with that!
I’m not sure what hard mode is up next. Freya + 1, I think?